The Coronavirus has affected us all by changing our routines, impacting our budgets, and causing us to reassess our everyday lives.
While some people are fortunate enough to have the ability to work from home to bring in a paycheck, others are struggling with unemployment and searching for ways to bring in extra cash during these difficult times.
Working from home presents unique challenges of its own, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. Check out these seven ways you can put some cash in your pocket today.
Teach an online course
Online learning has seen a significant spike since the pandemic began. With sites offering free webinars and e-courses, the opportunity to teach online and share your knowledge with others is endless. With sites like Skillshare and Teachable, you can create an online course and start earning money today.
Great for everyone from industry experts, teachers, freelancers, and more.
Become a tutor
If teaching a course doesn’t strike your fancy, maybe one-on-one tutoring does. Tutoring is a great way to bring in extra cash simply by sharing what you already know. Websites like Skooli and Wyant make it easy to get started.
Great for teachers, professors, and industry experts.
Offer your services
Regardless of your field of expertise, you can offer your services on platforms like Upwork and Fiverr. From design to sales to engineering, sell your services to others in the form of one-off assignments or long term projects.
Great for freelancers in numerous fields, including graphics and design, accounting, digital marketing, writing, editing, video, music, audio, engineering, architecture, customer service, admin support, and more.
Take online surveys
There’s no need to leave your couch to make money. Online survey platforms like Swagbucks and Toluna pay you for your taking surveys, answering polls, and offering your opinion. Be mindful that not all sites offer cash; some offer gift cards in exchange for your time.
Great for anyone with a computer and Internet access.
Sell your stuff
With extra time on your hands, now is the perfect time to clean out your closet or garage. During the cleaning and organizing process, when you find valuable items, sell them! List your clothes on Poshmark, your household goods on Facebook Marketplace, or post just about anything on Craigslist or eBay. This is a win-win because you get a clean house and a few extra dollars.
Great for anyone with extra stuff lying around.
Start a blog or become an influencer
It’s 2020. Monetizing your blog and social media following is a legitimate full-time job. While it may take some time to grow your audience, blogging and influencing can be a substantial source of income. Utilize revenue streams like affiliate marketing, ads, and brand partnerships to bring in money with your side-hustle. Who knows, jumping on the latest TikTok trend may be the next source of your rent payment.
Great for anyone with a social media account, a computer with access to the Internet, and an idea.
Teach a virtual fitness class
If you’re a yoga teacher or fitness instructor looking to motivate others during these uncertain times, teach a virtual class! A lot of people are seeking to find their people and are looking for a sense of community as we adjust to our new routines, and fitness is the one thing that can bring us all together. Market your class through social media or your local gyms and studios, and bring everyone together for a sweat session via Zoom or Google Hangouts.
Great for certified instructors and fitness professionals.
A few bonus ideas outside of the home:
Just because many local businesses’ doors aren’t open, doesn’t mean they aren’t remaining open to deliver meals. Delivering food from local restaurants is a great way to pick up some extra bucks right now, as many people are looking to support local while still safely social distancing. Services like Postmates, Uber Eats, Grubhub, and Doordash have implemented contactless delivery to keep drivers and customers healthy during this time.
Great for anyone in good health with a car.
Help out your local grocery store
Spending more time at home means stocking up on more food (and yes, toilet paper). Many grocery stores are looking to hire employees to keep up with the growing needs of their communities. If you’re concerned about safety, most grocery stores are going to extreme lengths to provide the safest environment for their employees and their guests. They’ve implemented safety measures such as utilizing face masks and gloves, practicing social distancing, limiting the number of guests inside the store at one time, one-way isles, and plastic shields in between employees and guests at checkout.
Great for all healthy individuals looking for extra income and to help their local communities.